Born in Duffel (BE), lives in Antwerp (BE).
Luc Deleu (°1944) calls Antwerp his home. In 1970, just after having graduated from his architectural studies, he founds the T.O.P. office (Turn-On Planning office) in Antwerp as an interdisciplinary urban planning company. That same year, Deleu also hold his first solo exhibition: Luc Deleu says goodbye to architecture for new horizons in the self-curated Antwerp Vacuüm gallery. To date, he has given up neither architecture nor art, seeing them both as closely related manifestations of thought: ‘I am an artist, because I am an architect.'
The T.O.P. office has always been radically focused on increasing opportunities for social reflection and has done this in a plethora of different ways. Deleu is a powerful presence on the Flemish and Belgian architectural scene, famous for his heated confrontations with the Belgian Architects Association, and for his recalcitrant perspectives that have influenced generations of architectural students, among which include ‘design research’, an idea that currently enjoys enormous sway and which he devised himself. Published in 1980, the ‘Orbanistisch Manifest’ [Manifesto to the World] represents the pinnacle of his ability for critical discourse, advocating that the rationale underlying urban planning be expanded worldwide.
Deleu's radical visual proposals take shape as plans or scale models, as well as in concrete actions, such as exercises in scale and perspective or container constructions. Many of the radical depictions, but also the arrangement of public architectural-planning presentations and socio-urban spaces for reflection materialise within the visual artistic space, distributed and safeguarded therein as well.
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Voorstel tot totaal onbru...
Luc Deleu, Voorstel tot totaal onbruik van de publieke verlichting. Orbanisch idee voor Antwerpen. Print, ink, paper, 1180 x 1080 mm.
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EXTRA MUROS: DE INTERNATI...
26 November 2011 - 29 January 2012.
L'Internationale is a European joint venture between five museums and artists’ archives - Moderna Galerija Ljubljana, M HKA, Van Abbe Museum,
EXTRA MUROS: Tracés. Simi...
01 March 2012 - 31 March 2012.
TRACÉS. Similarities and dissonants was the upshot of a recycling project that started in 2010 in the recycling centre of Merksem. The centr
The collection XXX – The ...
29 June 2012 - 16 September 2012.
Maarten Vanden Eynde’s project Museum of Forgotten History housed the remains of a possible future past. The exhibition took the form of fict
ARCHIVE PRESENTATION: T.O...
13 February 2021 - 25 April 2021.
T.O.P. office (Turn-On Planning office) is an architecture and urban planning collective founded by Luc Deleu (1944) in Antwerp in 1970. Dele
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Collectie Vlaamse Gemeens...
The M HKA holds works on permanent loan that were acquired with the budget of the Vlaamse Commissie voor Beeldende Kunst (Flemish Visual Art
"... They cannot be reduced. They’re not representable. The claim of the complexity of their design is irreducible. They never give the impre
We're happy to share a number of artworks which will be on display in our new collection space as of 27 April 2017.